Regional Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration

Approaches, Recent Activities and Implications for Global Governance of Migration

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This study reviews 25 interstate consultative mechanisms on migration: 18 RCPs and seven others, here termed interregional forums on migration (IRF) that appear to depart from the classic RCP model in some meaningful way. Each case review includes background on the origin and development of the mechanism, a brief discussion of the evolution of the agenda, identification of any linkages with multilateral agreements, and a note on the placement of the mechanism within the taxonomy of mechanisms suggested by the author. The study concludes with implications for harmonized governance of migration.



Executive Summary

This report provides a review of 25 regional and interregional consultative processes and forums on migration, with examples from most regions of the world, and builds directly on the seminal review by Hansen (2010) on regional consultative processes (RCPs). It was prepared in anticipation of the Fourth Global Meeting of the Chairs and Secretariats of RCPs, scheduled to be held in May 2013 in Peru. The review may be of interest as well to the second High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLDIM), which will be held during the UN General Assembly’s 68th session, some four months later.


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